Cameron’s 48-point night one shy of Wesley record; junior guard sets school’s single-season scoring mark

Wesley star Brian Cameron. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Dean Burrows, of course, didn’t have any idea how many points Brian Cameron had while the game was still being played.

But the Wesley College men’s basketball coach knew his high-scoring guard was having a pretty good night.

“At one point, Coach (Donell) Thomas mentioned, ‘Man, he might be at 70,’” said Burrows, referring to one of his assistant coaches. “I kind of just started laughing.

“Then you get the stat sheet at the end and you’re like, ‘Hold on, that’s got to be a typo.’ ,,, We see him do things day-in and day-out that you just shake your head about. But, honestly, I had no clue.”

The total Cameron finished with was 48 points in the Wolverines’ 87-69 victory over Cabrini in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic East Conference Tournament on Monday night.

It took some research, but Wesley figured out that Cameron’s total was one point shy of the school-record 49 points that Steve Eady netted in a game in 1992. But Cameron did break the Wolverines’ single-season scoring record of 681 points that John Eager set in 1987-88.

Cameron has now scored 683 points this winter for an average of 26.3 points per game.

Of course, the most important thing about Monday’s game was that Wesley posted its first conference tourney win since 2013.

The victory sends the fourth-seeded Wolverines (13-13) to a semifinal matchup Thursday (postponed from tonight because of the snowstorm) at top-seeded Gwynedd-Mercy (17-8) at 7 p.m. The winner will play in the first-year league’s inaugural championship game on Saturday.

Cameron, a 6-foot-1 junior guard from Delaware Military, downplayed his big night.

“It didn’t feel different,” said Cameron, who’s previous career high was 39 points. “But it was just an ecstatic game. The crowd was crazy. It was great.”

In a game in which Wesley trailed, 35-34, at halftime, Cameron tallied 28 second-half points. For the contest, the Newark native was 17-of-27 from the floor, 6-of-11 from three-point ranged and 8-of-10 from the foul line.

And Cameron is well aware that those two missed free throws kept him from becoming the first Wesley player to score 50.

“He’s not a selfish kid by any means,” said Burrows. “At one point in the second half, one of our guys was shooting a free throw, I looked at him and said, ‘You’ve got to go.’ We like to say there’s no proverbial switch, but he had it.

“I think the poor kid that was guarding him — no offense to him — but when Brian would pass the ball, I think he felt relief. I can’t blame him.”

Burrows was quick to point out that Cameron also had four assists with no turnovers on Monday night.

At the end of the day, Cameron knows his record-breaking season will be a lot more meaningful if the Wolverines end up winning a championship.

“I don’t really look at it as us being the underdog,” said Cameron, who is fifth on Wesley’s all-time scoring list. “It would be great (to win the AEC title). Only one team can say they were the first to do it. Why not us?”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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